Thursday, February 23

He Claims It's Because It Should Be Left Up To the States

He Also Claims the Legal Issues Weren't Researched Enough

     So what is the real reason? I'm sure whatever it is, we're not going to be told the truth... He wouldn't be Trump if he was totally honest, would he?

     I'm just so bothered by this topic. I worry about the students in the bathroom, but not the same ones that Jeff Sessions  claims to be worried about. I worry about the *transgender girls who now have to go relieve themselves in the boys room (and we all know how schoolboys can be!!), and vice versa. I guess in some respects I do worry about the CIS students too; think about *transgender boys, like Gavin Grimm; he looks like just what he is, a boy. Some of those young CIS girls will have to look into the face of someone like him in the mirror next to them when they're adjusting their clothes. What kind of trauma is THAT for those kids? Yet the Trump administration obviously doesn't give a damn about that, all they care about is giving in to the pressure from the 'religious zealots' who want us to go back into the time of the Salem witch trials when they could just accuse anyone who is different of being a witch and burn them at the stake. Oh no, there's one other thing they care about; getting rid of anything good that the Obama administration did over the last 8 years, with no concern for the millions of people who are going to suffer. 

     Reading this article just drove home to me once more the direction this country is headed in. My President, Barack Obama, made a statement in one of his exit interviews about Trump. In his opinion, (and mine) he took us up quite a ways from where we were, and if Hilary had won we would have continued to rise. Now with Trump, we're not only NOT going to rise, we're going to go down lower than we were. We may not lose everything he did for us, but people like Trump are dang sure going to try!!

Trump Rescinds Rules on Bathrooms for Transgender Students

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Wednesday rescinded protections for transgender students that had allowed them to use bathrooms corresponding with their gender identity, overruling his own education secretary and placing his administration firmly in the middle of the culture wars that many Republicans have tried to leave behind.
In a joint letter, the top civil rights officials from the Justice Department and the Education Department rejected the Obama administration’s position that nondiscrimination laws require schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms of their choice.
That directive, they said, was improperly and arbitrarily devised, “without due regard for the primary role of the states and local school districts in establishing educational policy.”
The question of how to address the “bathroom debate,” as it has become known, opened a rift inside the Trump administration, pitting Education Secretary Betsy DeVos against Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Mr. Sessions, who had been expected to move quickly to roll back the civil rights expansions put in place under his Democratic predecessors, wanted to act decisively because of two pending court cases that could have upheld the protections and pushed the government into further litigation.

Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, initially resisted
signing off on the order and told President Trump that she was
uncomfortable with it.
Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times
But Ms. DeVos initially resisted signing off and told Mr. Trump that she was uncomfortable because of the potential harm that rescinding the protections could cause transgender students, according to three Republicans with direct knowledge of the internal discussions.
Mr. Sessions, who has opposed expanding gay, lesbian and transgender rights, pushed Ms. DeVos to relent. After getting nowhere, he took his objections to the White House because he could not go forward without her consent. Mr. Trump sided with his attorney general, the Republicans said, and told Ms. DeVos in a meeting in the Oval Office on Tuesday that he wanted her to drop her opposition. And Ms. DeVos, faced with the alternative of resigning or defying the president, agreed to go along.
Ms. DeVos’s unease was evident in a strongly worded statement she released on Wednesday night, in which she said she considered it a “moral obligation” for every school in America to protect all students from discrimination, bullying and harassment.
She said she had directed the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights to investigate all claims of such treatment “against those who are most vulnerable in our schools,” but also argued that bathroom access was not a federal matter.
Gay rights supporters made their displeasure clear. Outside the White House, several hundred people protested the decision, chanting, “No hate, no fear, trans students are welcome here.”
Individual schools will remain free to let transgender students use the bathrooms with which they are most comfortable. And the effect of the administration’s decision will not be immediate because a federal court had already issued a nationwide injunction barring enforcement of the Obama order.
The dispute highlighted the degree to which transgender rights issues, which Mr. Trump expressed sympathy for during the campaign, continue to split Republicans, even as many in the party argue that it is time to move away from social issues and focus more on bread-and-butter pocketbook concerns.
Within the administration, it also threatened to become another distraction for Mr. Trump after a tumultuous first month in office. And it showed how Mr. Trump, who has taken a more permissive stance on gay rights and same-sex marriage than many of his fellow Republicans, is bowing to pressure from the religious right and contradicting his own personal views.
Social conservatives, one of Mr. Trump’s most loyal constituencies, applauded him for honoring a pledge he had made to them during the campaign. They had argued that former President Barack Obama’s policy would allow potential sexual predators access to bathrooms and create an unsafe environment for children.
“The federal government has absolutely no right to strip parents and local schools of their rights to provide a safe learning environment for children,” said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council.
But supporters of transgender rights said the Trump administration was acting recklessly and cruelly. “The consequences of this decision will no doubt be heartbreaking,” said Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign. “This isn’t a states’ rights issue; it’s a civil rights issue.”
Bathroom access emerged as a major and divisive issue last March when North Carolina passed a bill barring transgender people from using bathrooms that do not match the sex on their birth certificate. It was part of a broader bill eliminating anti-discrimination protections for gay and transgender people.
Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues became a point of attack for opponents of Ms. DeVos’s nomination last month, as Democrats questioned her about the extensive financial support that some of her relatives — part of her wealthy and politically active Michigan family — had provided to anti-gay causes. Ms. DeVos distanced herself from her relatives on the issue, saying their political activities did not represent her views.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions pushed the administration
to rescind the Obama-era policy.CreditAl Drago/The New York Times
While Wednesday’s order significantly rolls back transgender protections, it does include language stating that schools must protect transgender students from bullying, a provision Ms. DeVos asked for, one person with direct knowledge of the process said.
“All schools must ensure that students, including L.G.B.T. students, are able to learn and thrive in a safe environment,” the letter said, echoing Ms. DeVos’s comments at her confirmation hearing but not expressly using the word transgender. Ms. DeVos, who has been quietly supportive of gay rights for years, was said to have voiced her concern about the high rates of suicide among transgender students. In one 2016 study by the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, for instance, 30 percent reported a history of at least one suicide attempt.
Mr. Trump appears to have been swayed by conservatives in his administration who reminded him that he had promised during the campaign to leave the question of bathroom use to the states.
But he had given conflicting signals on the issue, and on gay rights more broadly. He said last April, for instance, that he supported the right of transgender people to “use the bathroom they feel is appropriate,” and added that Caitlyn Jenner, perhaps the most famous transgender person in the country, could use whichever bathroom at Trump Tower she wanted. He has also called the Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage settled law. “And I’m fine with that,” he told CBS News after the November election.
Despite his personal views, Mr. Trump’s decisions in office have been consistently conservative on social issues. And he has shown considerable deference to the religious right, naming many religious conservatives to top cabinet posts and pledging to fight for religious freedom protections and restrictions on abortion.
The Justice Department is eager to move quickly in laying out its legal position on transgender policy, to avoid confusion in cases moving through the courts.

The dispute has underscored the influence that Mr. Sessions, an early and ardent supporter of Mr. Trump, is likely to exercise over domestic policy. As someone who has a long record of opposing efforts to broaden federal protections on a range of matters under his purview — immigration, voting rights and gay rights, for example — he has moved quickly to set the Justice Department on a strikingly different course than his predecessors in the Obama administration.

Eric Lichtblau and Sheryl Gay Stolberg contributed reporting.
*If I made any errors in terminology, my sincerest apologies; believe me, it came from not being sure of the correct terms to use. If someone would be willing to educate me (if I was wrong) I would really appreciate it. The Author

Saturday, February 11

There Is Just Nothing I Can Say About This....

This is a fantastic post all on its own, it doesn't need any commentary from me! I don't know how many times I went back and reread parts, just because they were so hysterically funny, and so ACCURATE!! (IMO of course!)

       Donald Trump Stunned To Learn Presidency 

                    Is An Actual Job, His First!!

Maybe you’d better sit down for this one. 
According to a report by Politico, corned
-beef dirigible Donald Trump, a skill-free 
inheritance baby with a virtually unbroken 
lifelong track record of incompetence and 
failure, has found that running the United 
States government is a tougher job than 
lending his name to mail-order 
steak delivery scams run by other people. 
Because he is a world-historically stupid idiot who could not tell the difference between his face
and his ass even if they weren’t identical to each other, this has come as quite a shock to him.

“Being president is harder than Donald Trump thought,” begins the article, neatly capturing the 
blithe, criminal ignorance that characterizes both Trump himself and the many dozens of millions 
of morons who thought he should be the leader of the free world. Yes, being the president is a 
harder job than Donald Trump would expect, because Donald Trump had never previously held 
an actual job, because actually, spending your inheritance on a succession of failed cons is not an 
actual job.

None of the revelations in here are all that surprising, if you’ve paid attention at any point in the 
more than 40 years Trump has spent as a professional horse’s ass marginally enriching himself 
off a succession of sleazy branding schemes (or in the over 200 years the presidency of the 
United States has spent being an actual job). The fun is in the wording. Our new president occupies 
a wild outer range of blundering, arrogant stupidity, far beyond that typically euphemized in
newspaper-ese, and the effort to describe the former truthfully and accurately—but without using 
such frank and impolite words as “stupid” and “ignoramus” and “spray-tanned fart balloon”—very 
nearly breaks the latter. 

Here’s a low-key savage example, from the third paragraph:

Yet it has become apparent, say those close to the president, most of whom requested anonymity 
to describe the inner workings of the White House, that the transition from overseeing a family 
business to running the country has been tough on him.

“Overseeing a family business” is great. This is the way you put it when you want to say that the 
president’s last gig was as the ornamental figurehead of a penny-ante hustling operation run by 
his hare-brained children—who even in their vacuity knew better than to let him handle any 
responsibility more sophisticated than ogling the Miss Universe contestants—but you also would 
like to maybe interview him or them at some point in the future. This is what you’re left with 
when the leader of the free world is incapable of thinking and operating and leading from
anywhere in the vast ocean of specificity and nuance dividing “Get me some more cash” and 
“Here is what brand of tanning spray the new press secretary should use, and which parts of his 
face must be sprayed with it.” Overseeing a family business. 

The transition from that to being the president “has been tough on him.” Doing things that you 
are not qualified to do is tough! Who could have predicted that this would be a challenge for a 
butter-soft septuagenarian nincompoop?

I love this article so much. Nearly every sentence contains some marvel of delicacy. The new 
president “often asks simple questions about policies, proposals and personnel.” When confronted 
with details, he “has been known to quickly change the subject” or direct questions to one of his 
chief advisers. His aides “joke that they wish their boss would spend more time at his 
Mar-A-Lago estate.” How many ways can you avoid saying that the president is a bumbling, 
pillow-fisted shit-for-brains, in a story about that exact fact?

Here’s the most incredible example. We learn that after unflattering details (what other kind could 
there be? He’s Donald Trump!) of his phone conversations with other foreign leaders were leaked 
to the press, Trump grew paranoid about National Security Council staffers and launched an 
investigation into the source of the leaks. We also learn this (emphasis added):

In turn, some NSC staff believe Trump does not possess the capacity for detail and nuance 
required to handle the sensitive issues discussed on the calls, and that he has politicized their 
agency by appointing chief strategist Bannon to the council.

The President of the United States of America is too stupid to participate in discussions held 
expressly for his benefit. That is what “some NSC staff” have said, here. Talking to him is a waste 
of time, because he’s literally incapable of grasping what is being talked about, and he just gets 
mad, like a baby. Like a big red baby with a sensitive heinie.

It’s not all bad times and tantrums for Trump, though.

For all his frustrations, Trump has reveled in the trappings of the presidency. He has taken 
a liking to the Oval Office, where he spends much of his time working. Following a recent 
gathering of business leaders, he brought the group into the storied room and showed them around.

Sometimes he wanders around his office, pecking at the shiny stuff, like a fucking bird.

[For the complete article, click here: Politico]

Saturday, February 4

Is This What We Have To Look Forward To?

Is this the kind of thing we have to deal with for the next four years? Executive orders to circumvent the law and get what he wants? Calling people names, and denigrating their positions if they don't agree with him? Tearing apart families with absolutely no regard for the effect on their lives?
I've been unable to post due to my anger at what is happening to this country's government; I did not want to have my blog turn into a rant against the "so-called" President of this United States. Although I didn't vote for him, don't agree with him, and wouldn't cry if he weren't the Commander-in-Chief, he was the one that ended up in office and I have to respect that. This though, this just took the cake. The government didn't even bother to put provisions in place for special cases like this one, why? Because they don't care!! In their minds, if you are from a certain country you are a terrible person, a person who deserves no consideration at all. They probably treat their dogs better than this...
If the video doesn't work, you can click on the title below, it will take you to the page the video is on. 

Burned toddler's future waits on Trump's ban

The parents of an Iraqi toddler undergoing treatment for severe facial burns in the US are concerned they will be unable to travel to join their son as the result of President Trump's travel ban. Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.

Thursday, January 19

And So It Begins, Trump's Reign of Political 'Un'-Correctness

I've been waiting for this, for someone to use Donald Trump's grossness in a stupid attempt to get out of trouble....

From  Ben Guarino at the Washington Post:

Conn. politician said he no longer has to be ‘politically correct,’ pinched woman’s groin

President-elect Donald Trump ran his 2016 campaign, in part, as a tweet-from-the-hip response to political correctness — a censoring groupthink {sic} which, to its detractors, demands arcane gender pronouns and the complete annihilation of “Merry Christmas.” In June, in the aftermath of the massacre at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, Donald Trump issued a statement in which he declared, “I refuse to be politically correct.” The Obama administration, Trump also said, “put political correctness above common sense, above your safety, and above all else.

With Trump’s victory, some see a boogeyman deposed and a license to be un-politically correct. Americans now live in “a new world” where people “no longer have to be politically correct,” said one Connecticut politician in December, according to the warrant for his arrest after allegedly pinching a town employee in the genitals.
Christopher von Keyserling (Rep.) arrested for sexual assault.

A lawyer for Christopher von Keyserling, a 71-year-old Republican member of the Representative Town Meeting, the local legislative body that governs Greenwich, Conn., denied any impropriety. “There was a playful gesture, in front of witnesses. It was too trivial to be considered anything of significance. To call it a sexual assault is not based in reality,” attorney Phil Russell told Greenwich Time on Thursday.
On Wednesday, police arrested von Keyserling. Greenwich police charged von Keyserling with misdemeanor sexual assault in the fourth degree.
In mid-December, a 57-year-old female town employee spotted the local politician in the municipal building where she worked. Their conversation became heated, according to the warrant for von Keyserling’s Jan. 11 arrest.
“This is a new world, politically, and you need to educate your fellow politicians,” the woman said to von Keyserling, as she later told a Greenwich police detective.
“I love this new world. I no longer have to be politically correct,” von Keyserling allegedly responded.
“If you’re proud of that,” she said, “I can’t help you.”
“You’re nothing but a lazy, bloodsucking union employee,” he said.
At that, the woman terminated the conversation with a “f‑‑‑ you” and walked away. Von Keyserling later entered the woman’s office, where she claimed he touched her inappropriately.
As described in the warrant, the incident evoked President-elect Trump’s conversation with Billy Bush, recorded in 2005, when Trump claimed he could grab women “by the p‑‑‑y” because he was “a star.” After the conversation surfaced in October, Trump apologized “if anyone was offended” by what he characterized as “locker-room banter.”
The Greenwich politician said he followed the woman into her office to speak with the woman’s co-worker. When the co-worker declined and left the room, the woman also moved to leave, as she did not want to be left alone with von Keyserling. It was then, according to the warrant obtained by fact-checking website Snopes, that von Keyserling “reached between her legs from behind and pinched her in the groin area.”
The woman turned to him and said, “You’re lucky I didn’t deck you, but if you ever f‑‑‑ing touch me again I will.”
She told police that von Keyserling met her glare with what she described as an “evil look in his eyes.”
“It would be your word against mine,” he said, according to the warrant, “and nobody will believe you.”
A security camera at the unnamed facility recorded footage of the encounter between von Keyserling and the woman. The videotape corroborated that von Keyserling had upset the woman, but police could not determine where his hand was located as she moved past him, Greenwich Time reported.
The woman notified her boss, but said she did not want to file a criminal complaint. Her boss told von Keyserling to stay away from the building. Greenwich Detective Jeremiah Bussell also told him to steer clear of the facility, according to the warrant. In the telephone conversation with the detective, von Keyserling reportedly apologized for the pinch, also expressing regret “it has gotten this out of hand.”
But by Dec. 16, the woman decided to press forward with a complaint, a decision she said she arrived at after learning that von Keyserling had touched other employees. In a discussion with a human resources director, von Keyserling asked if the complaint was about “the little pinch” he gave. He also described himself as “the kind of guy that likes to embarrass his teenage daughter” with what he called a “gig,” saying, “that’s what this was, ‘a gig.’ ” Russell, von Keyserling’s lawyer, told News 12 that it was a playful pinch between two people who had known each other for three decades.
Greenwich’s selectman’s office released a statement to Connecticut’s News 12, saying, “The town has zero tolerance for this alleged behavior. For years we’ve had training programs in place for all employees and beyond but cannot comment because this is an allegation that will be adjudicated in the court of law.”
Von Keyserling posted $2,500 in bail and is due to appear in court on Jan. 25, when his attorney said he will enter a not guilty plea, reported the Greenwich Time.

Friday, January 13

Miss. Newspaper Announces Plans for ‘Gangbangers’ Rodeo’: ‘Bang, Bang, You’re Dead’

     What I find  saddest about the following article is not the racist attitude, or the  fact that it's posted in a newspaper for the whole world to see, or even the fact that it's not coming from one of those skin-head young white Nazi-esque guys you see in jackboots with swastikas cut into their hair, but rather from a middle-aged, see him at the club, wears flannel pajamas to bed and puts a robe over them if he has to go to the bathroom at night type white man! No, what I find the most terrible cut of all about this, the thing that is making my eyes burn with unshed tears is that there are brothers out there (young men of my race) who will think it's for real, and will show up ready to shoot 99 other young brothers to death as entertainment for a crowd of white Mississippians who will be laughing at them, in the same way that people who used to go to the freak shows in the carnival laughed at the freaks! They won't understand  that they are making fools of themselves in front of a bunch of strangers, not impressing people with how 'big and bad' they are like they think! The only thing they'll be showing anyone is their utter stupidity to even imagine that anyone, in the furthest reaches of the darkest mind  would be seriously holding an event like this! How does anyone think that this article is anything but the wishful thinking of some descendant of a Mississippi plantation owner who would love to see every young black man shoot  every other young black man because he's too  scared to raise a hand against any one of them. He'd probably love to be back in the days  when the whites could lynch the blacks for no reason other than they didn't like the way the blacks looked at them, but if even one black person thinks to themselves ' Wow, I wonder if I can get picked to be one?' then that person has justified everything that white men like this think about them, and they just can't see it.

I"m sorry to rant, but I'm so bothered by this... Here's the article itself.

Peter Rinaldi, Rinaldi Report/Miss-Lou Magazine

Peter Rinaldi, owner and publisher of Miss-Lou Magazine and the Natchez Sun XPress, has caused widespread anger with a racist column calling for black youths in Natchez, Miss., who may be involved in gang activity to go to a local park and murder one another for the amusement of observers.
In Miss-Lou Magazine’s Jan. 11-24 print edition, Rinaldi called for a “Gangbangers’ Rodeo” to bleed out what he considers to be the dregs of the community.
“As the population becomes more demographically poor, uneducated, unskilled, and dominantly African-American, the number of shootings have gone through the roof,” Rinaldi wrote.
And by “through the roof,” Rinaldi means “three shootings, two wounded and sadly, two deaths.” But Rinaldi doesn’t consider these deaths to be a bad thing. In fact, he thinks more murders may be helpful.
So he suggests that the city sponsor a “Gangbangers’ Rodeo,” where Black youths who may be involved in gang activity get their guns and murder each other until there are none left standing.
This is not such a bad thing, as one cynic remarked more criminals who shoot each other and are “taken out,” the safer it is for the rest of us, so the logic goes. Three shootings, three bad guys eliminated. Fifty shootings, fifty bad guys eliminated.
Open to all gang-bangers with a .45 or 9mm handgun. Limited to 20 rounds per person. Entry fee $100. Must be paid in cash in advance. No checks. Limited to the first 100 people who sign up. The 100 people will be drawn up in a circle. When the referee’s starter pistol goes off, then the gang-bangers can start shooting each other. Last man standing (or alive) wins the $10,000. If only a few people are left after rounds are fired, the judges will give each remaining contestant another five rounds to finish the job.
Note, in addition to the inhumane assumption that all victims of gun violence deserve to die, he doesn’t even mention the criminality of white youths.
Rinaldi goes on to write that “rap music will be provided by DJ Medical Mortem Medical Attention” and says that children must be 13 or older to participate.
It is clear that Rinaldi thinks he’s clever, as so many mediocre, racist white men do. In fact, he’s typical—a typical hatemonger trafficking in white hysteria and pathologizing black youths and the black community at large in an attempt to be seen as rejecting political correctness in hopes of making America great again.
He’s a cliché, a pathetic cliché using his media real estate to plant seeds of bigotry, hatred and fear.
He has conflated poverty, education level, unemployment and blackness with violence without once pointing out the violent systemic racism that locks these things in place to secure whiteness and its last-ditch efforts at supremacy. Poverty is violent. Failing schools are violent. Substandard health care is violent. All of these things are issues that Natchez faces as a thriving tourism industry built on the backs and bones of our ancestors that feeds the mint julep and Mammy fantasies of white people from around the world.
Rinaldi’s words are violent and just the sort of filth city officials have come to expect from him.
“I’m highly upset by this, and I’ll be addressing it in our board meeting,” Ricky Gray, supervisor of District 4, told The Root. “This is something that you would expect from the Ku Klux Klan, but I’ve been here a long time and have never seen anything like this.
“People in the community need to show him how disgusted they are by not putting an ad in his newspaper,” Gray added. “When people show you who they are, believe them. Because he’s certainly shown me.”
Joyce Arceneaux-Mathis, alderwoman of Ward 1, was not surprised by what she called Rinaldi’s stupidity and said that he’s been a card-carrying racist for a long time.
“Rinaldi has been race-baiting over the years consistently in his paper,” Arceneaux-Mathis told The Root. “Even when I haven’t liked how he portrayed black people, I supported his freedom of press. But he’s always been a divisive race-baiter in this community. He just goes on and on, and now this particular bit of stupidity.”
Arceneaux-Mathis said that she does believe that crime needs to be addressed in the community, but she makes it clear that the issues are systemic.
“All lives matter when black lives matter,” she said. “There needs to be more recreation, more education and employment opportunities. We need to listen to our young people and bring them fully into the community. Too many of them don’t think they’re going to have a long life, and when I was younger, I was prepared to live a long time. Our young people don’t feel that security.
“I think it’s time that we had a summit between law-enforcement officers and the community at large; that’s what Rinaldi should have been talking about,” Arceneaux-Mathis continued. “I attended a Hip-Hop Summit last month, and I learned so much. That’s what Rinaldi should have been talking about.
“We have to start at the root of the problem that’s been building up over time,” she emphasized. “Our children are underserved, and Rinaldi is serving a race-baiting agenda when he circulates such dangerous stupidity in a community that needs healing from systemic issues that have left some of our youth lashing out.”
Be clear: There is great work being done in the city of Natchez by committed community leaders and elected officials who understand the toxic and pervasive racism that threatens black youths. Rinaldi purposely frames his racist propaganda as a black issue, a poor issue, an uneducated issue. As if the increase in the number of black citizens threatens white fragility and the customs that white people hold dear.
His transparent and disingenuous attempts at criminalizing the very existence of blackness should be called out for the dangerous, racist rhetoric that they are.
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